4: Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival, Richmond, VA
Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the Richmond stop on the 2016 Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival tour. It will take place at the Richmond Raceway Complex. This afternoon event will feature unlimited sampling of 60 beers and 40 bourbons. There will also be live rock, blues, and bluegrass music; barbecue and other foods; and seminars led by master distillers, brewmasters, and pit masters. VIP tickets, with early admission and an expanded selection of beer and food, are available.
4: Midwest Sour + Wild + Funk Fest, Indianapolis, IN
Upland Brewing Company presents the fifth annual Midwest Sour + Wild + Funk Fest, which will take place at the Indianapolis City Market. This afternoon event, the Midwest’s only festival of its kind, will feature “sour, wild, and funky” beer from 25 breweries from around the country. VIP tickets, with early admission, are available.
4: Southern Tier Craft Beer and BBQ Festival, Big Flats, NY
The seventh annual Southern Tier Craft Beer and BBQ Festival will be held at Tag's Summer Stage in Big Flats. This all-day event will feature a brewers’ exhibition and tasting, an amateur barbecue cook-off, live music, an appearance by illusionist Ryan Dutcher, and arts and crafts vendors.
8-12: Mondial de la Biere, Montreal, QC, Canada
The 23rd annual Mondial de la Biere will be held indoors at the Palais des Congrès and outdoors on Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle in downtown Montreal. This five-day event will feature 500 beers from around the world, including hard-to-find beers and beers specially brewed for the festival. There will also be Quebec cider and other food specialties from the province, and the Mbeer series of conferences and seminars. Admission to the festival is free.
10-11: SBN’s Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest, Somerville, MA
The Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts presents the fifth annual Hyper-Local Craft Brewfest, which will take place at Arts at the Armory in Somerville. This two-day, three session event, which is a fund-raiser for the Network, will feature a variety of craft beers, ciders, and meads from New England, many of which incorporate local food products. There will also be live entertainment and locally-sourced food for purchase. Friday evening’s session will include a tasting of cask-conditioned beers hosted by Randy Baril, the head cellarman of NERAX, as well as “The Showcase,” an educational program featuring small-batch beers.
11: Beer and Bourbon Classic at Pimlico, Baltimore, MD
Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the second annual Beer and Bourbon Classic at Pimlico, which will take place at Pimlico Race Course in Baltimore. This afternoon event will feature more than 60 beers and bourbons, a thoroughbred racing card, live music, and food for purchase.
17-18: Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival, National Harbor, MD
Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the Washington-area edition of the 2016 Beer, Bourbon & Barbecue Festival. It will take place at The Plateau in National Harbor. This two-day event will consist of a Friday evening "Whole Hog Pig Pickin' Session" and a Saturday afternoon "Bacon Session," each with unlimited sampling of 60 beers and 40 bourbons; live bluegrass music; food, including barbecue and Southern specialties; and seminars led by master distillers, brewmasters, and pit masters. Saturday VIP tickets, with early admission, an expanded selection of bacon dishes, and special stage access, are available.
17-19: Oregon Garden Brewfest, Silverton, OR
Growl Movement presents the 12th annual Oregon Garden Brewfest, which will be held in the Grand Hall at the Oregon Garden Resort. This three-day event will feature more than 135 beers, ciders, and meads from over 65 breweries, with an emphasis on Oregon-made products. There will be a beer education program, live bands performing on two stages, and food from local vendors. Festival-goers are invited to explore the venue’s botanical gardens. A Brewer's Tasting Dinner will take place the evening before the festival itself.
24-26: Portland International Beer Festival, Portland, OR
The 2016 Portland International Beer Festival returns to Holladay Park at Lloyd Center. This three-day event will feature more than 200 beers from 16 countries, including rare, hard-to-find, and Pacific Northwest beers. Live bands will perform all weekend. There will also be a Grande Beer Garden; food for purchase; a huge lawn for picnickers; and games, including darts, backgammon, checkers, chess, and cards. The festival charity is PetCross.
Trigger Agency, LLC, presents the third annual Chesapeake Crab & Beer Festival, which will take place at Rash Field in Baltimore's Inner Harbor. There will be afternoon and evening sessions, each with more than 50 beers, wines, and spirits; all-you-care-to-eat crabs, along with other food for purchase; live music; and arts and crafts vendors. VIP tickets, with unlimited beverage tasting, are available.
26: Fermentation Celebration, North Vernon, IN
Old Vernon Liquors presents the inaugural Fermentation Celebration, which will take place at Muscatatuck Park and Campgrounds in North Vernon. This afternoon event will feature beer from more than 30 breweries and wineries, many of them from Indiana. There will also be live music, food for purchase, a charity raffle, and games and activities. Camping will be available at the festival site. After the festival, there will be an evening concert with a beer garden.
26: Sound Waves and IPAs, Bridgeport, WV
The Bridgeport Arts Council presents the inaugural Sound Waves and IPAs, which will take place at Bridgeport City Park. This afternoon event will feature a variety of domestic and imported beers, including a selection of West Virginia-brewed beers. There will also be live music, food from local restaurants, and artisan vendors. VIP tickets, with early admission and a custom-made beer mug, are available.